Key Details and Tips for the CAT Aspirants

By Debasmita Mohapatra

The CAT (Common Admission Test) is a national level entrance exam of Management which give chances to get admission into the MBA course for more than 5000 seats in all IIMs & 100s of top MBA colleges like FMS DelhiJBIMS Mumbai, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IITs, XIMB, IMT, IMI, etc. It is a computer-based entrance conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a rotation policy.


Here are the Highlights of CAT 2020:

CAT official Website
 Mode of Exam       Computer based
Exam duration    3 hours
Exam Eligibility       Graduation with 50%
 Exam shifts      Morning & Evening
Application fee Rs. 1900-for all
Rs. 950-for SC/ST/Pwd


CAT 2020 Registration process:

There are few more days left for applying for CAT. You already must have an idea about the process of registration but here once again we remind you the steps-


Step-1: Registration

Register as a new candidate by giving the required data such as Name, Date Of Birth, etc and after submitting the OTP number & registration form the candidate will receive the user ID on the registered email address.


Step-2: Filling the Application Form

The application form will require your personal details, academic details as well as documents. After selecting the program and preference cites the candidate can proceed to other section.


Step-3:Uploading image & Signature

After completing the personal & academic section the candidate have to upload a clear and visible scanned photo and signature which must be in jpeg format.


Step-4: Application fee payment

The candidate can pay the application fee in online mode through credit/Debit card/ Net banking and should save the receipt of transaction as proof. After successful payment the candidate will receive an email in their registered email id.


Exam Pattern:

  • The CAT exam is a computer based online test.
  • It consists 100 of questions in both multiple choice & subjective type.
  • The duration of the exam is 3 hours.Each correct answer possess 3 marks.
  • For each wrong answer 1 mark will be deducted.


Here is the detailed Exam pattern of CAT 2020-

 Section      subject    time   no. of question total marks
sec I  Verbal ability & Reading comprehension   60 minutes  34    102
Sec II Data Interpretation & Logical reasoning   60 minutes 32   96
Sec III  Quantitative ability    60 minutes  34    102
Total                   _ 180 minutes 100 300


Also know: Things to remember on the exam day of CAT


Difficulty level:

The difficulty level of CAT 2020 is categorized into 3 types such as

1. Easy

2. Medium

3. Hard


Every time just after the exam, the level of paper is discussed whether it is easy, hard or medium. Basically the level of paper is decided and structured by the authority everytime but the no of attempts by a candidate depends upon some facts such as-

1. Concentration

2. Patience

3. Mock test Practice

4. Experience

5. Preparation Strategy


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The cut off is the minimum mark required to qualify the exam and it is decided by the conducting authority. The facts that affect the Cut off score of Cat entrance exam are as follows-

1. Number of Applicants

2. Exam difficulty level

3. Seats available

4. Previous years' cut off


Here is the list of the cut-off score of different Management colleges:

Management Colleges CAT cut off
IIM, Ahmedabad      99.6
IIM, Bangalore       99.5
IIM, Calcutta        99.5
IIM, Lucknow         99.5
IIM, Shilong      98.5
IIM, Delhi       99
JBIMS       99
IIT, Bombay       98.5
IIM, Indore            94.7
IIM, Kozhikode       96.3

Here is another list of the non- IIMs accepting CAT score:

1. Faculty of Management Studies (FMS Delhi)

2. Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi

3. Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, SOM, IIT Bombay

4. Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras

5. Management Development Institute, Gurgaon

6. SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai

7. Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB)

8. Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad

9. National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE)

10. T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal

11. Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Chennai

It is a crucial time period for the CAT aspirants who have already started their preparation to crack the exam with high score. The dream of doing MBA in the top IIMs of many students totally depends on the strength of their goal, their observation and preparation.

Also read: CAT Preparation Tips & Strategy



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